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Santa Rosa Uses Undercover Police Sting to Pursue Arrests


In March 2014, the Petaluma and Santa Rosa police enacted an undercover police sting operation centered in the Sonoma County Courthouse that was sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Officers kept track of which defendants who arrived for their court dates for DUI charges and who had their driver’s licenses suspended or revoked. Police then followed each defendant out to the parking lot to see if they got behind the wheel. As it turned out, only one person ended up driving on a suspended license. He was detained by law enforcement, issued a citation for driving while suspended, and his car was impounded.

Recent Undercover Police Stings

A week later, Santa Rosa police participated in yet another operation funded by OTS, called a “warrant sweep.” The police officers attempted to serve warrants on suspects who had violated probation or failed to appear for a court date. More specifically, the police also focused on people who they suspected of driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license or violating another term of their DUI case. As a result of the program, police officers arrested ten people in Santa Rosa. Those ten people may face additional consequences if they failed to appear for a court date or violated any of their probation requirements. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has also been using checkpoints throughout the state to try to stop people for DUI or other violations.

These are only a few examples of methods police use to catch people who may be driving on a suspended license following a DUI. Your consequences could increase with a driving while suspended charge and you may face additional suspension time, points on your license, additional fines, or even time in jail. For this reason, you should always have an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side to help minimize the additional consequences you may face.

Defendants convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California face a wide variety of consequences including probation, fines, and even possible jail time. One consequence of a DUI conviction that may have a particularly negative effect on your life is the suspension of your driver’s license. Having your driver’s license suspended can obviously affect your freedom to travel as you wish, increase your reliance on others for transportation, and may even put your job in jeopardy if the position requires a license or a clean driving record.

If you are arrested for DUI in California, you may face a four month suspension for your first offense, and longer suspensions for each subsequent offense. Additionally, your license will be suspended for at least one year if you refuse to submit to a chemical test or failed to complete a chemical test.

If you have been charged with DUI or driving while suspended in Sonoma, Lake, or Mendocino counties, do not hesitate to call the law firm of Beck Law, PC for help with your case today.

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